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About 'Alexanders Ragtime Band'
Berlin, Irving (biography)
widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He published his first song, Marie from Sunny Italy, in 1907 and had his first major international hit, Alexanders Ragtime Band in 1911.
First published in 1911 this was Irving Berlins first major hit. There is some evidence, although inconclusive, that Berlin borrowed the melody from a draft of A Real Slow Drag by Scott Joplin that had been submitted to a publisher.